Vocation Awareness Week

Is God Calling You?


National Vocation Awareness Week is an annual week-long celebration of the Catholic Church in the United States dedicated to promote vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life through prayer and education, and to renew our prayers and support for those who are considering one of these particular vocations.

Cardinal Joseph Tobin, the Chair of the US Bishops’ Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life, and Vocations, reminds us that each of us in the Church has a key role to play in the witness of our vocation in ordinary circumstances, “As we go about our everyday life and most especially this week, we must keep vocations in our prayers, while, at the same time, being a mindful witness with our own vocation. We may never know how our lives may have an impact on someone else’s story. Simply living out our call as disciples of Jesus Christ fully and joyfully in the world bears witness to the love of Christ as He generously bestows on each of us our own personal call.”

On Wednesday, November 8, 2017, the six dioceses of Ohio (Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Steubenville, Toledo and Youngstown) will join together as one to pray for an increase of vocations at select parishes in each diocese.   Catholics from across the state will have the opportunity to spend time in adoration and prayer before the Blessed Sacrament praying specifically for an increase in priestly and religious vocations throughout their diocese, the state of Ohio and the United States.

Do you feel like God is calling you to a vocation in the Church?   Contact your local Vocations Director for more information.

Diocese of Youngstown
Fr. Chris Luoni – 330-744-8451 or cluoni@youngstowndiocese.org

Diocese of Cleveland
Fr. Michael McCandless – 440-943-7600 or info@clevelandcatholicpriesthood.com

Diocese of Columbus
Fr. Paul Noble – 614-221-5565 or noble@seekholiness.com

Diocese of Steubenville
Fr. Michael Gossett – 264-0868 or mgossett@diosteub.org

Diocese of Toledo
Fr. Phil Smith – psmith@toledodiocese.org